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Skin Conditions in Dark Skin

Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (Ingrown Hairs of the Beard) and Black Skin continued...

One such common issue is ingrown hairs, a particular problem for men who shave too closely. Doing so can lead to the pointed, sharp ends of the beard growing back into the skin, resulting in acne-like bumps, which in turn can become infected and/or lead to hyperpigmentation.

For some men, chemical hair removers can help, but they should never be used on a daily basis. Electrolysis, which permanently removes the hair at the root, can be helpful as well. The latest and most effective solution involves laser hair removal, combined with creams that slow hair growth.

Another solution is to simply shave less often (or grow a beard), and when you do shave, soften the beard with soapy lather and never shave against the direction of the stubble. Sometimes, exfoliating skin scrubs used before shaving can help.

Also, dark-skinned men who use a razor for trimming hair on the back of their necks can develop a similar problem known as acne keloidalis nuchae or folliculitis keloidalis. In this instance, the bumps may itch and occasionally become infected. When this happens, oral antibiotics and topical acne products, or sometimes topical or injected cortisone treatments can help. If lesions persist and/or become severe, surgery may be necessary.


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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on September 02, 2014

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